Chief Leatherlips

Dublin Free Hidden Gem Outdoor Play

Play by 12-foot-high limestone head at park by Scioto River Little did we know that on the very day we visited the Leatherlips monument in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, the limestone sculpture of a Native American chief was quietly celebrating its 22nd birthday. Not that we would have known. There was no one else around the 12-foot-high limestone head…


Ballantrae Spray Park

Dublin Family Favorite Free Hidden Gem Outdoor Play Splash Park

Beat heat, dance with 15-foot-tall bunnies Housing developments tend to look alike with “rows of houses that are all the same,” as the Monkees sang in their 1960s hit song “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” But the whimsical community of Ballantrae, in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, is a pleasant exception. It resembles an Irish countryside with stone houses, fabricated rolling hills,…


Our CupCakery

Dublin Sweet Adventure

Decorate your own dessert A cupcake can be a real treat. But a handful of moist cake can taste even better when you decorate it yourself, as my 4-year-old daughter, Rosie, recently found out at Our CupCakery in the Columbus suburb of Dublin. The bakery, which opened seven years ago in the city’s historic downtown, specializes in made-to-order cakes, cookies…


Art in Public Places

Dublin Free Outdoor Play

Art in Public Places driving tour helps demystify Dublin’s unique sculptures.

Driving tour helps demystify Dublin’s unique sculptures The first time I stepped inside Watch House in Dublin’s Coffman Park, I ran out terrified. It was evening, and I could have sworn I just saw a dead cat hanging from inside the structure’s copper-domed roof. I later reasoned that the black blob I saw on the ceiling was probably a colony…